Jesus is the Gospel/The Gospel is Jesus

A sermon by Michael Pahl on July 28, 2019, called “Jesus is the Gospel/The Gospel is Jesus,” reflecting on Colossians 2:1-15.  It is the third in our summer series on “Colossians: The Fullness of the Gospel.”

Here is a written excerpt from the introduction:

The word “gospel” occurs about 75 times in the New Testament, from Matthew to Revelation. According to the New Testament, the “gospel” is “the gospel of God,” “the gospel of Christ,” “the gospel of salvation,” “the gospel of grace,” “the word of truth,” “the word of life,” “the word of the Lord,” even “the word of God.”

In other words, the gospel was pretty important to Jesus and his Apostles. The gospel is pretty important to Christianity. The gospel is our distinctive message as Christians, the “good news” of what God has done in the world, the “good news” we are called to share with the world.

There are many different descriptions of this “gospel” in the New Testament. It’s sometimes called “the gospel of the kingdom,” meaning “the good news that God’s reign of justice and peace has come near in Jesus.” Sometimes in the New Testament Jesus’ death is singled out as “gospel,” other times Jesus’ resurrection is the “good news” being emphasized, and sometimes it’s Jesus’ teaching or even the entirety of Jesus’ life that is “gospel” or “good news.”

But all these diverse descriptions of the “gospel” in the Bible centre on one thing, and that one thing is a person: Jesus of Nazareth.

The gospel is good news about Jesus. It is good news which Jesus himself taught and preached. It is good news of what Jesus has said and done. It is good news of what God has done through Jesus of Nazareth, Israel’s Messiah and the world’s Lord.

The gospel is good news about Jesus. You might even say, Jesus is the gospel. Jesus himself is God’s “good news.”

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